Staff Favorites List- Winter 2016

Each of these titles is personally recommended by one of our Brilliant Booksellers.  The list features both newly published and older books and draws from a wide array of writers, styles, and genres, making for a list as eclectic and unique as our Brilliant customers.

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A Whole Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374289867
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 13th, 2016

A beautiful and stark telling of the recent history of an Alpine valley through the life of Andreas Egger.  Reminiscent of Denis Johnsonʹs Train Dreams in its scope and skill. I tore through this, and look forward to sharing it. —Jack

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Revenge: Eleven Dark Tales Cover Image
By Yoko Ogawa, Stephen Snyder (Translator)
ISBN: 9780312674465
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Published: Picador USA - January 29th, 2013

What I love most about Ogawaʹs short story collection is how characters and situations from each tale bleed into others. With interweaving plots, she effortlessly creates a world alive with disturbing situations and intricate characters. From growing hand shaped carrots to visiting museums dedicated to extravagant torture devices, these stories are guaranteed to leave you craving more. —David

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Book of the Night: The Black Musketeers Cover Image
By Oliver Potzsch, Lee Chadeayne (Translator)
ISBN: 9781503938427
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Published: Amazon Publishing - October 4th, 2016

Once again, Potzsch brings us a unique novel full of grit, intrigue and historically driven adventure.  Thrust into the year 1620, readers follow an intrepid young swordsman, a descendant of a once noble Musketeer. With loads of excitement and a touch of magic, Potzschʹs writing never seems to weaken.  —Jodie

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Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781569242643
Availability: Out of Print - Sorry
Published: Marlowe & Company - October 1st, 2007

By now everybody has at least one vegan relative and most people (except those bacon guys ‑ you know who Iʹm talking about) are open to trying at least one vegan dish. Let Moskowitz & Romero show you the way with easy‑to‑follow recipes. —Christopher

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A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250094735
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Published: Picador USA - August 2nd, 2016

I humbly add my voice to the chorus of praise for this outstanding collection of short stories. Everyone should keep a copy of this book in their bag. Lucia Berlinʹs brilliance and humanity could be a lifesaver. Prepare to fall in love. —Toni

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Gold Fame Citrus Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594634246
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 4th, 2016

Luz and Ray are holdouts in a post apocalyptic California evacuated due to epic drought when attachment to a strange foundling toddler forces them to escape in the hope of a viable future. They set off on an hallucinatory trek across a moving sea of sand that covers the entire American west. Profoundly moving and exhilarating in its boldly imaginative detail, fans of Station Eleven should check out this brilliant novel. —Toni

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The Shepherd's Life: Modern Dispatches from an Ancient Landscape Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250060266
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Published: Flatiron Books - September 27th, 2016

My favorite escapist read of the year. An insightful look at modern shepherding in England. Told in four parts, each following a season in the lives of the shepherdʹs family and their flock. —Jack

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Doctor Thorne: The Chronicles of Barsetshire Cover Image
ISBN: 9780198785637
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - June 1st, 2016

Trollope masterfully renders Victorian rural society in his fictional English county of Barsetshire. A boorish construction tycoon uses his wealth to buy a seat in Parliament and unknowingly impacts of the marriage
prospects of two endearing characters. —Sharon

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Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was Cover Image
By Sjon, Victoria Cribb (Translator)
ISBN: 9780374212438
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 2nd, 2016

A new work from Sjon is always exciting! The story of Mani Steinn, this is Sjonʹs most immediately accessible work, following a young, homosexual protagonist through the Spanish Flu outbreak in Reykjavik in 1918, and encompasses a love of early cinema. —Jack

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Where I'm Calling from Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679722311
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Published: Vintage Books USA - June 18th, 1989

Widely considered to be a master of the form, Raymond Carver, using language thatʹs spare to the point of being stark, writes extraordinary short fiction about ordinary people facing ordinary crises...often while drunk. —Christopher

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History of Wolves Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802125873
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - January 3rd, 2017

A teen in rural northern Minnesota, Linda is desperate for connection, obsessed with her enigmatic new neighbors, and a classmate entangled in a relationship with a teacher. Narrating these threads is the adult Linda, who may have been villain, victim, or bystander in at least one tragedy. Fridlund builds tension & weaves a complex, multilayered morality tale. —Sharon

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Vision, Volume 1: Little Worse Than a Man Cover Image
By Tom King (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Gabriel Hernandez Walta (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780785196570
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Published: Marvel Comics - July 12th, 2016

Having created a wife and twin children in an attempt to satisfy a space he feels is missing from his life, the Vision soon learns that, while he may have had control of creating his family, he does not have control of how they process the world around them and adapt to it. —David

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Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage Cover Image
ISBN: 9780465062881
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Published: Basic Books - April 28th, 2015

When winters in Traverse City get me down, I just pretend Iʹm the unrelenting, incredibly tough Ernest Shackleton! I guarantee youʹll be thinking of the crew members as personal friends even weeks after you read this book. — Kaylee

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The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories Cover Image
By Ken Liu
ISBN: 9781481424363
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Published: Saga Press - October 4th, 2016

In this collection are 15 stories, all captivating and thought-provoking.  A nice collection for folks who are already fans of Ken Liu or for those who enjoy a great selection of short stories.  — Jodie

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Paper Girls, Volume 1 Cover Image
ISBN: 9781632156747
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Published: Image Comics - April 5th, 2016

Fans of the Netflix series ʺStranger Thingsʺ will enjoy this graphic novel. Set in the 1980ʹs, the story begins with four young girls delivering newspapers. When worlds collide, the girls must make sense of the unfolding cataclysmic events. — David

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In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from Over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs Cover Image
ISBN: 9781579655976
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Published: Artisan Publishers - October 4th, 2016

Wisdom and excellent practical advice from 100 very successful creative women, including beautiful and insightful photography throughout.  A perfect gift!  — Toni

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Savage Night Cover Image
By Jim Thompson, Mark Winegardner (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780316403825
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Published: Mulholland Books - August 5th, 2014

Featuring an amoral, down-on-his-luck protagonist, a femme fatale who's the smartest person in the story, and a violent psychopath (a hitman named Charlie "Little" Bigger, who, at barely five foot, is consistently mistaken for a child--an occurrence that immediately throws him into a murderous rage).  Thompson ruthlessly ratchets up the tension using his trademark combination of no-nonsense prose and unexpected humor. — Christopher

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The Sellout Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250083258
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Published: Picador USA - March 1st, 2016

Set in a fictional "agrarian ghetto" of Los Angeles, with a scope ranging from police shootings to Chinese restaurants, it's absurdly funny, disturbing, and clever.  Pop culture and literary references abound.  — Sharon

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Moonglow Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062225559
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Published: Harper - November 22nd, 2016

Chabon's latest release is a memoir of his maternal grandparents' extraordinary lives, but with its incendiary romance, heroism, international intrigue, jail breaks, and big game hunting in a Floridian retirement community, I'd be inclined to shelve it in fiction!  — Toni

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As Good as Gone Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616205713
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Published: Algonquin Books - June 21st, 2016

The author of my favorite novella, Montana 1948, is back with a tale of how change can deeply affect a person and one person can change the course of so many lives.  With themes of honor, justice, and loneliness, this is a perfect read for those with a wild and solitary heart.  — Kaylee